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Pitch Black (Detective Lorimer Series Book 5) by [Gray, Alex]
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Gray more than holds her own against the likes of Rankin and McDermid...it would take a reader with the skills of her hero to come up with the killer's identity before the last few page s' Express

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The new DCI Lorimer novel

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 651 KB
  • Print Length: 445 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; Reprint edition (6 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0748133550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0748133550
  • ASIN: B005KKWBOS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,744 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a somewhat average police procedural story whose main attractions are the activities, both behind-the-scenes and on the pitch, at a football club, Kelvin FC of the Scottish First Division

The investigating officer, DCI William Lorimer of the Strathclyde Police, is very competent and has a team whom he inspires, but his charisma does not come through on the page. At the beginning of the story Lorimer and his English teacher wife, Maggie, are ending their holiday on Mull when a stray ginger cat appears, stays with them and is taken back to their Glasgow home [and named ‘Chancer’] until its owner can be found. Naturally Maggie and the reader hope that this will not be the case. This sub-plot continues through the whole book and is linked to the couple’s inability to have children of their own.

Lorimer returns to work to investigate the killing of a Kelvin player , Nico Faulkner, who appears to have been stabbed to death by his wife, Janis, in a domestic dispute. However, whilst she is in prison two other killings occur, of a referee and another player, and if these can be linked together the wife will be released. There is a ghost of a former player that appears and seems to be linked to the killings whilst the club’s chairman is, naturally, not the straightforward businessman that he claims to be.

The team players and staff are listed at the front of the book, which is helpful since few, if any, stand out as individuals. Gray includes excerpts from match commentaries that sound very clunky until one reads them out loud with the correct note of excitement; however they do not add any additional information.
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As a relatively recent resident of Glasgow, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Following the hero from a holiday on Mull, back to the city streets, I could relate to it all. The creation of a "new" football club, fully consistent with the culture of the city, and yet inserted into the reality of now and here, is a brilliant stroke! All of the back-story relating to the SPL and the Scottish League is relevant and still not intrusive to the main tale - but will draw in anyone who has followed football in Scotland.

However, this is not a book about football; it is about human beings, their underlying motives and drivers, and what they will do to bring them to fruition (or to stop others from bringing theirs to fruition!)

Borrow it, beg it, or even buy it - but I can recommend this book wholeheartedly to anyone who enjoys any form of crime fiction.
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Have read a few of Alex Gray books featuring Lorimer and as I only read a few chapters at night I find it easy to lift and lay without losing the thread of the story. I would recommend it to anyone who likes reading stories based in there own back yard
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It is an excellent read and the theme and story plot are well thought through and researched. An excellent addition to the genre.
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I must admit this book sat on my shelves for a time as I'm not a lover of football. However, I am a fan of Alex Gray, and this book did not disappoint me. This was a cracking good mystery and, although I'm quite good at spotting the murderer, I didn't guess this one and it was a complete surprise. But then, that's what you want from a good detective story. So, on balance, apart from the football I would readily recommend this book.
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Another murder story set in Glasgow, in particular at a football club. This is an interesting and engaging story that kept me guessing about the murderer until the end. I loved the introduction of Chancer the cat and felt that he provided the reader with insight into the private lives of DCI Lorimer and his wife, Maggie.
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In most crime fiction if a vet offered to spay a male cat you would know he was an imposter - not in this book. It is full of irrelevant back stories that would normally be clues, which is very frustrating if you are used to tightly written crime where every detail is important. Finally, typically, the murderer is declared 'mentally' insane.
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